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One dead in galamsey shooting at Dunkwa

One person was confirmed dead in what eyewitnesses alleged was a shootout between agents of illegal Chinese miners and residents of Dunkwa in the Central Region.

Following a crackdown on galamsey ordered by president Mahama last month, some persons have allegedly been looting expatriates engaged in illegal mining.

The area is known for illegal small scale mining, dominated by Chinese.

Municipal Chief Executive for Upper West Denkyira, Kofi Owusu Ashia also confirmed the death to Joy News.

He said illegal miners have resorted to hiring private security men to protect their concessions and properties.

An eye witnesses and a local journalist said fighting between the looters and agents of the Chinese led to the death of one person.

Police in the area have confirmed the death of the man but declined any further comments.

Inusah Fuseini,chairman of the Inter-Ministerial taskforce empowered to inject sanity into small-scale mining has said he was surprised by the killing.

The small scale miners have alleged that the taskforce has mounted swoops on their concessions, destroyed their equipment, and made away with gold, money and other valuables.

But Inusah Fuseini who is also the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources said the committee has not ordered shooting of illegal miners or the destruction of their properties.

He said the order was to arrest anyone engaged in the illegal practice. He said foreign nationals caught in the business are sent to the District taskforce for screening.

Any foreign national found without proper documentation is then held for deportation, the minister said.

Meanwhile, Chinese residents in Ghana have expressed concern about the manner in which their residents are being treated in the country.

It follows the arrest of one hundred and sixty six Chinese illegal miners in their latest swoop. The Chinese illegal miners were arrested from this month from different illegal mining sites across the country.

They are expected to be deported to their country next week.

A representative of the Chinese Business investors in Ghana Mr. Chen Junqi talked to Luv FM’s Erastus Asare Donkor that the Chinese want government officials to go about the crackdown in a peaceful manner and also investigate the alleged killing of one Chinese by ‘criminals’.

He said pictures of the killing of a Chinese has been circulated through social media in China. He said although the killing was by “bad people”, the people in China are “angry” over the treatment of their nationals living in the country.